Monday, November 26, 2007

The Jena Six March on the "Salt N Pepa Show" Tonight

I remember it being announced from the podium that they were there, but I never saw them at the march. I'm interested in seeing how it is portrayed and treated on this show.

Also another opportunity to relive the wonderful moment.

VH1's 'Salt-N-Pepa Show' tackles Jena 6
By Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK — Salt-N-Pepa are still pushing it. Cheryl "Salt" James was determined to march for racial equality in Jena, La., last September, whether or not cameras from her VH1 reality series, The Salt-N-Pepa Show, followed her.
"I just felt like as a mom, I wanted to be there," James told The Associated Press in a recent phone interview.

The Salt-N-Pepa Show documents the reunion of James and her former partner, Sandy "Pepa" Denton. James left the groundbreaking female rap group in 2002.

James, Denton, their families and reality TV crew journeyed for two days by tour bus to march alongside thousands of protesters and meet the families of the Jena Six, six black teens accused of beating a white high school student.

Their trip was to be featured in an episode of The Salt-N-Pepa Show airing Monday night (10 p.m. ET).

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James didn't think VH1, the cable network home of reality TV fare such as I Love New York 2 and America's Most Smartest Model, would be interested in capturing such an experience.

"I was surprised that they wanted to come and was very, very happy about it," she told the AP. "It's nice to entertain, but it's also nice to use your platform to bring awareness to different issues."

Upcoming episodes feature James and Denton working out their differences with life coach Iyanla Vanzant and performing at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. The series concludes Dec. 2.

James — who's "more open than ever" to recording a new album with Denton — said VH1 has ordered a second season of their show.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

4 comments:

SexyB said...

“Free Jena 6” they cried from streets
But this is tangled with other defeats
A stance on racism in Jena has been long overdue
And because of this, a mess has come too
Justice should be served on both sides of this case
A racist boy was beaten in the middle of this place
Racist acts like a “white tree”, nooses and unbearable slurs
But a beating on conscious could never be the cure
The separation of the students existed for many years
And I am sure along with this were many, many tears
When the nooses were hung action should have been taken back then
A plan of attack putting the school and the town in a new direction
Instead more separation instead of unity
Instead a situation that is so sad to me
Politics and judges and many others not making a change
Defending a criminal in the name of racism seems a little strange
It is not getting the justice that is needed in that town
It is building bigger walls that will be harder to take down
Racism is an evil that needs to disappear
Supporting criminal behavior does not make that clear

Anonymous said...

"snap, snap"

teikyo30 said...

I'm amazed Black America is turning these kids into heroes. It's OJ all over again. I remember when that verdict was read because every Black person near me was yelling and jumping up and down, scream "ha! In your face!" as if everything was okay because a Black man finally got aquited for a murder everyone knew he did. The Jena 6 are guilty, yet BET and everyone else is honoring them. How about the kid who got beat up? Maybe everyone thinks he should go to jail for bleeding on them while he was unconscious? You can't have equality if you don't want people from one group not to be held accountable for their actions. I'm somewhat certain Blacks will NEVER be equal in this country because the majority go out of their way to maintain an ethnocentric lifestyle as far away from White America as possible. Immigrants come here every day and embrace the idea of the American Dream, and Blacks living here continue to idolize rap and the NBA, killing each other over drugs and gang violence. Seriously. The biggest threat for personal safety Blacks in the US have is other Blacks. How sad is that?

Xkill said...

teikyo30, you are 100% right.

I also watched the Salt n Pepa show and found it to be very one sided and not at all in line with the facts!